Our list of Top 10 Lesbian Movies is made up of movies that are not just beautifully written with great acting but are technically good too.
Believe it or not, I actually have an honours degree in film editing and while I did not end up working in movies (It’s a long story) I can see the film as a film maker. This means that I notice the sound, editing, lighting and all the small details. This is particularly true when it is a bad film because a good film can draw me in (it took me 10 years to learn to ignore my training and be able to see it as a layman again).
Urg this post was a painful one to write. I love all these movies so much that sorting them into order was really difficult. I want them all to be number one. But, one cannot have a top ten without some sort of order, so I had to sweat over this.
Two parallel stories. Four memorable characters and a story that is not easy to forget. Jon Avnet did a stunning job turning Fannie Flagg’s bestselling novel into this film.
While certain aspects of the story are different to the book, Avnet stayed true to the overall feel and the way in which Flagg told the story.
You will never think of southern food the same way again.
The Amazon Description
Academy Award-winners Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy star with Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker in this inspiring drama adopted from Fannie Flagg’s best-selling novel. When an unhappy housewife (Bates) befriends a lady in a nursing home (Tandy) she hears a remarkable tale of laughter, devotion and a special friendship that defies all obstacles in this heart-warming film from acclaimed director Jon Avnet.
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This film (miniseries) is based on the Sarah Waters novel by the same name. In this case, however, I think that they managed to improve on the book.
The miniseries follows the story of Nan, an innocent, who is working in her parent’s Oyster Parlour when she meets Kitty Butler, a woman who pretends to be a man on stage as part of her act.
Nan falls hopelessly in love with Kitty and follows her to London. Little does she know, her life will see ups and downs of epic proportions.
Each chapter covers a new part of Nan’s life. Everything from the lighting to the opulent sets mimic her feeling towards the woman in her life at that point. This miniseries is spectacular.
The Amazon Description
Smitten by music hall life, and by the beautiful male impersonator Kitty Butler (Keeley Hawes), Nan Astley (Rachael Stirling) leaves her family’s Whitstable oyster parlor and follows her heart to London. There she finds unimaginable joy—and misery—as she explores the secret side of fin de siècle life.
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While this is not a traditional lesbian film, the lead character is lesbian and a main theme in the film is her love for another woman. An unrequited love. This is a charming movie about a road trip that is less than predictable and ends in a life unforeseen.
This is one of my favourite movies of all time, not just of lesbian films but of all movies.
A bonus to this film is that it has Drew Barrymore, Mary-Louise Parker and Whoopi Goldberg in it, a great cast by any standard.
Boys On The Side Amazon Description
Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Whoopi Goldberg (“Racing Stripes,” “Ghost”), Golden Globe-winner Drew Barrymore (“50 First Dates,” the “Charlie’s Angels” features) and Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Mary-Louise Parker (TV’s “Weeds,” “Red Dragon”) accidentally commit a crime, then end up on the lam in this road comedy. They embark on a cross-country journey that helps them develop something they’ve never really known before: a sense of belonging and friendship. Co-starring Matthew McConaughey (“Failure to Launch,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”), Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons (TV’s “Empire Falls,” TV’s “Roseanne”) and directed by Academy Award-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Herbert Ross (“My Blue Heaven,” “Steel Magnolias”).
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Amy Bradshaw is the top spy in the D.E.B.S. She feels unsettled even though she is supposed to have the perfect life. She doesn’t know why until she bumps into super villain Lucy Diamond. There is immediate chemistry between the two and they reluctantly part ways when the rest of the DEBS arrive on the scene.
Amy is hailed as the only person to ever see Lucy Diamond and live, making Amy uncomfortable with the praise since she actually liked Diamond.
In the mean time Lucy Diamond cannot think of anything but the beautiful blond she ran into. In a rather clumsy attempt to woo her she kidnaps Amy to take her on a date. Can they find common ground in their opposite worlds?
This is an utterly charming film. It is sweet and funny and makes you wish there were more like it.
DEBS Description On Amazon
Sultry crime boss Lucy Diamond (Jordana Brewster, The Fast and the Furious) is back in the states and the D.E.B.S. -an elite team of paramilitary college co-ed superspies- are hot on her trail. But when their top agent, gorgeous Amy Bradshaw (Sara Foster, The Big Bounce), mysteriously disappears after coming face to face with the attractive young villainess, the D.E.B.S. begin a full-scale search for Lucy’s secret lair, never suspecting that Amy may not want to be rescued after all, in this smart and sexy spy spoof about love at first gun sight.
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Wil is a talented, up and coming doctor. Her mother tries to set her up with eligible bachelors but she is not interested. Then she meets Viv, a beautiful dancer. The two are immediately attracted to one another, but Wil is afraid of her deep feelings and of coming out to her mother and grandparents.
This is a charming film about finding love and learning to be happy with yourself.
The Amazon Description of Saving Face
When 48-year-old widow Hwei-Lan Gao (Joan Chen) informs her less-than understanding father she’s pregnant, he banishes her from Flushing until she remarries or proves Immaculate Conception. With nowhere else to go, Hwei-Lan moves in with her grown daughter, Wil (Michelle Krusiec), a Manhattan doctor who doesn’t want a roommate, especially since she’s met Viv (Lynn Chen), her sexy young lover. So Wil does what any dutiful child with an expectant, unmarried mother on her hands would do: she proceeds to set Hwei-Lan up with every eligible bachelor in town.
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This is a quirky, multifaceted story about finding love, finding oneself and starting again. A series of lovely, well thought out characters will have you laughing and cringing as you follow them through some major life transitions.
Beautiful. Brilliant. Chaming.
Better Than Chocolate as described on Amazon
A sexy romp of love and lust with surprising results. Maggie meets the woman of her dreams Kim just hours before her mother, Lilia, and brother, Paul, move in with her. When the four end up sharing a loft, Maggie believes she must keep her affair a secret but it is Maggie’s clandestine romance that inadvertently introduces her family to a host of new experiences, all of which are potentially better than chocolate.
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This film is about having love and then losing it because of fear. It is sad, brilliant and reminiscent of a fairytale. It is sad, beautiful and sexy.
Description of Lost And Delirious
Mouse Bradford has just arrived at Perkins Girls College, leaving behind her father, stepmother and the small town where she grew up. Her two senior roommates, the striking, sharp-witted Pauline and the charming and beautiful Tory, quickly adopt Mouse who has lost her mother. When Pauline and Tory are found to be lovers, Mouse is caught in the role of accomplice and confessor; and left torn between her two friends.
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When Night Is Falling is a film about Camille. She is a teacher at a Christian school and is involved with Martin. He believes their relationship is heading somewhere but Camille is not satisfied with her life.
When her dog dies she meets a woman, Petra, in a Laundromat. Petra is drawn to the grief stricken woman and switches their laundry in hopes of seeing Camille again. Little does she know this small act will change three lives forever.
Description of When Night Is Falling
An uptight and conservative woman, working on tenure as a literacy professor at a large urban university, finds herself strangely attracted to a free-spirited, liberal woman who works at a local carnival that comes to town.
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Corky (Gina Gershon) is a sexy beast as an ex-con plumber/handywoman hired to revamp an apartment. Next door lives a mobster (Joe Pantoliano) and his gorgeous girlfriend Violet (Jennifer Tilly).
Violet stages a meeting with Corky when she ‘accidentally’ drops an earring down her drain. It just so happens that her boyfriend is out of the apartment at the time. Not at all fooled Corky gives Violet what she wants.
But sex is easy and trust is hard.
When Violet asks Corky to help her swindle the Mafia out of millions of dollars she doesn’t know if she can trust Violet enough to pull it off.
Bound as described on the back of the DVD
Bound is an intense suspense-thriller involving a woman ex-con who falls for the mistress of a Mafia money launderer. The two women conspire to swindle the Mafia out of $2 million by cleverly turning the mobsters against one another – but their plan backfires as an unexpected turn of events catapults all the players into deadly webs of surprise and deceit.
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Imagine Me And You asks the question what would you do if you discovered your soul mate on your wedding day and it wasn’t the person you were marrying?
Piper Perabo and Lena Headey play two women who are instantly attracted to one another in this fantastic romantic comedy.
Imagine Me And You as per the back of the DVD
Piper Perabo lights up the screen as Rachel, a blushing bride whose perfect nuptials take a surprising turn at the altar: An innocent glance between Rachel and an unexpected wedding guest is all it takes to spark a love-at-first-sight romance with a surprising twist – the object of Rachel’s affection is a smart and sensuous…woman! Their shocking romance causes quite a stir amongst her family and friends as Rachel is forced to choose between her husband and the girl of her dreams.
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Enjoy these, ladies. I know I have loved every one of the movies on this list of Top 10 Lesbian Movies.